The Secret of Cooking: Recipes for an Easier Life in the Kitchen by Bee Wilson

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  • Roasting-tin chicken with fennel and citrus

    • Jane on September 25, 2023

      This was a lovely one-pan supper. Very quick to make but with lots of flavour. I forgot to marinate the chicken ahead but it still tasted great.

  • Cauliflower cheese soufflé

    • veronicafrance on November 14, 2023

      Not bad. It's easy to make and doesn't feel like too much faff for a one-person meal.

  • Magic pasta with mushrooms, garlic, cream and wine

    • veronicafrance on November 14, 2023

      This worked well. It's a classic combination of pasta, mushrooms, cream, but it's all cooked together in one pan. It's not quicker than cooking separately, but at least it cuts down on washing up. It's best to use pasta that cooks relatively quickly -- I used tagliatelle. I added a good grind of coarse black pepper, not mentioned in the recipe, but it's a no-brainer with mushrooms. I don't like parsley so I substituted oregano. If I'd thought of it I'd have soaked some dried mushrooms and added them finely chopped. Always an improvement when you only have button mushrooms. With the black pepper and a generous squeeze of lemon it was very good though.

  • Cauliflower, saffron and chorizo pasta

    • veronicafrance on November 09, 2023

      I should probably have tried the master recipe for this method of cooking pasta before cooking this one. It just didn't work. There was no "sauce", only a little water left from cooking it, and it just didn't hang together, with little flavour and chewy pasta. It might have worked better with smaller, thinner pasta than the fat spirals I used, but I won't be trying it again.

  • Butter-braised asparagus

    • Lepa on February 02, 2024

      I thought this was okay but I probably won't revisit this cooking method for asparagus. It was too soft and stringy. I think I prefer a firmer asparagus and also the flavor of roasting.

  • Raymond's butter-poached carrots [Raymond Blanc]

    • emma_clare on January 12, 2024

      This recipe was a revelation to me. I think I will be using it as my new go to way to cook veg - so convenient and very tasty.

    • ldyndiuk on February 21, 2024

      I’ve made this twice and the carrots didn’t cook in the five minutes either time. I turned the heat down a bit and gave them a few minutes longer. They were pretty good.

  • Sausage, greens and polenta

    • Pimlicocook on December 20, 2023

      Simple, tasty comfort food. I made sure the sausage got almost crispy. 150g of cavolo nero is a lot for one person, though - I used around 100g (half a packet from M&S) and even that was ample.

  • Buttery bean stew with kimchi and sausages

    • Pimlicocook on December 20, 2023

      Very speedy, tasty stew. Butter mellows out the kimchi, which still provides just enough heat. I added a few leaves of chopped cavolo nero with the beans. Whole thing is done in around 15 minutes. Would make again.

  • Bean and sausage koftas with parsley salad

    • Pimlicocook on December 21, 2023

      Really liked this. Quick and easy to make, tasty and fresh - will make again.

  • A more forgiving sweet tart: Orange and cardamom shortbread squares

    • riapugh on February 15, 2024

      Really nice, but the curd was a touch too sweet for me alongside the also sweet shortbread. I would omit the oranges next time and do a zingier lemon-only curd.

  • Courgette and herb fritters

    • riapugh on February 15, 2024

      Loved these, was a real revelation to cook the fritters in the oven!

  • Skillet scallions [Edna Lewis]

    • riapugh on February 15, 2024

      These are amazingly delicious and so simple to make. I have made regularly since getting the book.

  • Butter beans with spinach, cream and crispy prosciutto

    • riapugh on February 15, 2024

      Great, quick, weeknight dinner

  • Four-ingredient chocolate mousse

    • katmagdunn on January 03, 2024

      I made this for dessert on Christmas Day when we had nothing in the house other than eggs and Christmas chocolate -- and it was perfect! Easy, rich, and delightful, but still manages to feel light rather than heavy. I added a fair bit of salt; the portions are fairly small so I doubled the recipe and fed 6 people each a generous pot... this was a good amount, I found.

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  • ISBN 10 0008446458
  • ISBN 13 9780008446451
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  • Published Aug 31 2023
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 432
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Harper Collins UK

Publishers Text

Bee shows you how to get a meal on the table when you’re tired and stretched for time, how to season properly, cook onions (or not) and what equipment really helps. The 140 recipes are doable and delicious, filled with ideas for cooking ahead or cooking alone and the kind of unfussy food that makes everyday life taste better.

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